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USPTO Examples Show What Passes Muster Under Alice

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released a list of examples Tuesday applying the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision to hypothetical patents, which attorneys say illustrates some of the computer-related inventions that can survive challenges under the ruling restricting the eligibility of patents involving abstract ideas.

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